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.m. the house speaker john boehner has pledged to bring out the remainder of the sandy relief package. >> next return to the opening day ceremonies in the u.s. senate. first with the return of senator mark kirk after he suffered a stroke in early 2011, followed by vice president joe biden holding a ceremonial swearing-in with returning and the newly elected senators. illinois senator mark kirk returning to the senate for the first time since suffering a stroke in early 2011. it left one side of this body mostly paralyzed. he was greeted by vice-president joe biden, illinois senator dick durbin, and senator joe manchin. members of the house stood nearby. >[laughter] >> thank you. [indistinct conversations] >> hi guys, how are you? and >> you have got all day, pal. [applause] >> are you kidding me? i am as happy as could be to be here, man. [indiscernible] [laughter] >> c'mon. [indiscernible] [applause] [applause] [indiscernible] [cheers and applause] >> good. >> [laughter] [inaudible] [indistinct conversations] >> let's go to work, you guys. [cheers] >> yay, mark. [applause] >> let's go. [laugh
on hurricane sandy disaster relief assistance. host: joining us now stephen ellis. welcome. there were concerns about a bill considering the emergency funding as to what was added to it. was was the main concern of that? guest: there is a nucleus of that that is critical in sandy aid. they just passed $9.6 billion. but there is important sandy aid for the victims but there was other money for other natural disasters. host: how much money? guest: it could be tens of billions of dollars. a lot of times they watch over it so they could provide nearly a billion dollars to do some dredging on the waterways. maybe all of that would go to new york harbors, maybe half of that. so it is hard to tell what was not sandy specific. host: some include over a billion dollars for highways and trains. $800 million for federal harbor and dredging projects which you mentioned. we'll look at the other parts but why were these kind of things added to the bill for hurricane sandy? guest: there are budget caps on the regular budget once you designate something emergency it is free money. it does not count it counts t
and teachers of sandy hook elementary school. for the strength of our democracy and strength -- sake of our children, let's work together to protect and defend all of our people. [applause] in the same year that president lincoln issued the emancipation proclamation, the statute of freedom was unveiled across the capitol dome. that dome continues to be a beacon of freedom to the world and a source of inspiration for all who have had the honor to serve in congress. as we take the oath of office today, let's renew the promise of freedom. let's work in friendship and partnership to live up to the legacy of our founders and the aspirations of our constituents. let us renew the strength of our democracy by reigniting the american dream. as we celebrate this moment, let us honor and thank those americans who protect our democracy and secure our freedom, our veterans and men and women in uniform. and their families, and wherever they served. [applause] god bless them, god bless america. thank you. now, the house will continue to be led by a proud son of ohio. a man of conviction and a public serva
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